Resolution of pneumothorax in neonates

Jatinder J Bhatia, O. P. Mathew

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The resolution time of pneumothorax in neonates requiring tube thoracotomy is not known. We found that 28%, 50%, and 83% of 54 pneumothoraces in 40 neonates resolved within 24, 96, and 168 h of tube thoracotomy, respectively. Pneumothoraces that persisted beyond 160 h were in infants requiring ventilatory assistance. Moreover, a significantly (p < .05) greater number of preterm infants with persistent pneumothorax developed chronic lung disease compared to preterm infants in whom pneumothorax resolved by 168 h.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-419
Number of pages3
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes


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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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